Denver Nuggets took over the moment in this Western First Round. After losing the first match at home, Facundo Campazzo’s team reacted in the best way, showing personality and an improvement in the game for beat Portland Trail Blazers twice in a row, the last of them at home, to take control of the tie. And this Saturday, those from Colorado go for a new coup at the Moda Center that may completely tilt the wrench in their favor. Will there be a reaction from the homeowners?
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We go with three stories to follow from the duel, but before…
Schedule and how to watch Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver nuggets
The match will be at 3:00 p.m. in Mexico and 5:00 p.m. in Argentina, and as usual it will be possible to see live and on demand via NBA League Pass, the platform streaming league official to which you can subscribe from here.
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Nikola Jokic and his historic streak
The postseason start of the main MVP candidate is being … Well, like what you might expect from the top MVP nominee. Beyond Portland controlling a portion of their collective impact (mostly in Game 1, where they finished with just one assist), the individual dominance at the time of scoring by the Serbian is total. Neither Jusuf Nurkic, limited in the last two games due to fouling problems, nor an Enes Kanter poor in defense, much less a smaller player or with double marks (because he destroys them like few others with his vision and passing ability). . There seems to be no remedy in Oregon to contain the Sombor-born.
The Jokic thing is historically good. According to ESPN Stats & Info, The Joker is the first player to get at least 30 points and 50% from the field in his first three games of a Playoffs since a certain Michael Jordan did it in 1992, the year in which he achieved his second ring.
Nikola Jokic is the first player to record 30 points and 50% shooting in each of his first 3 games of a postseason since Michael Jordan in 1992. pic.twitter.com/GpN6UaDtlp
– ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 28, 2021
If we dig deeper we can find another shocking data for Jokic, because it adds to a reduced list of players who have achieved streaks in playoffs of three games with at least 34 points and 50% accuracy. Curiously, the last of them had been his partner Jamal Murray during his blast against the Utah Jazz in 2020. Previously, yes, a certain LeBron James I can do it. In fact, The King has four different streaks with at least three such encounters, and one of them reached five such appearances, tied as the second best of all time next to one of Jordan. The best? Bernard King achieved six consecutive games with +34 points and + 50% field (Although he did so in two different Playoff editions, connecting the end of 1983 with the start of 1984).
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If Jokic repeats these numbers this afternoon, will join Shaquille O’Neal (2002), Michael Jordan (1989) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1977) as the third best string of all time.
Denver and its unexpected triples
The outside success of the Nuggets is an important point in their game, especially because of the gravity that Jokic generates with his ability to pass and how important it is to punish the spaces that appear because of the Serbian’s responsibility. And even here, Denver players are responding to the challenge: taking an irregular J1 (11-36, 30.6%), in Game 2 (12-28, 42.9%) and especially in Game 3 (20-38, 52.6%) the external response was remarkable.
There is a not minor detail and that is that some of the players we talked about could expect some inconsistencies for the remote launch. However, its growth in this series is notorious. Who is it?
- Facundo Campazzo: 6-13 triples (46.2%) | 35.2% in Regular Phase
- Austin Rivers: 8-18 triples (44.4%) | 36.9% in Regular Phase
- Aaron Gordon: 5-7 triples (71.4%) | 33.5% in Regular Phase
Curiously, Michael Porter Jr. He is the one who is throwing the most and with a level that he must improve: 7-21 for 33.3%, an important contrast to the great 44.5% in 6.3 attempts per game that they had in the Regular Phase. The Nuggets are being the fourth team that scores the most triples in these Playoffs (14.3 per game) and the second in accuracy (42.2%), only surpassed by the spectacular 50.5% of the Mavericks (with 18.3 scored per game).
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The power of the bank
Michael Malone highlighted him again after Game 3. The work of the second unit of the Nuggets is being very important, achieving a necessary impact to support the rest passages of the main players and making the structure not suffer in those moments. And this factor has been a series thermometer, since the team that dominated the scoring of the substitutes was the one that ended up winning.
In Game 1, the Portland bench won 34-20, mainly due to the brilliant contribution of Carmelo Anthony (18) and Anfernee Simons (14). In Game 2, the Colorado ‘won’ 37-21, while in Game 3 they did so 24-19, with 17 of the Blazers coming through Melo, who is being the only contribution quota. consistent for Stotts. Instead, Malone enjoys more and better helping hands like Monte Morris (10.0 points and 5.7 assists) and Paul Millsap (7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists).
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